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Philippe Thuriot (accordion)

The Belgian accordionist, Philippe Thuriot, studied accordion in Antwerpen and at the Music Academy of Copenhagen under the tutelage of Mogens Ellegaard. Through the years he has won several international prizes among which are prizes in the international accordion contest “Hugo Herrmann-Wettbewerb” in Germany and “Tenuto”in Belgium.

Philippe Thuriot is an all-round accordionist and eminent performer who has made his mark at the highest levels in a repertoire that embraces as well classical as contemporary music. He has performed as a soloist in many ensembles and orchestras such as Prometheus, Oxalys, the VRT-philharmonic orchestra, Ictus and the “Ensemble 20. Jahrhundert” in Vienna. He has toured for instance twice with the international dance company “Les ballets C de la B” by Alain Platel. The first tour was in 1996 with the production “La Tristeza Complice”(Henry Purcell /Dick Van der Harst) and the second tour was in 2008 with “Pitié” (J.S. Bach/Fabrizio Cassol). This world tour ends in Kinshasa and was filmed by Arte. He performed in music theatre productions from Walpurgis with music from Peter Vermeersch (Charms) and with the Muziek Lod (with Lode Vercampt, Kristof Roseeuw and An de Donder).

But his first love is never far away : improvisation, jazz and original compositions. Philippe Thuriot regularly does concerts with Philipe Catherine, Aka Moon, Uri Caine, Tcha Limberger, Steve Houben, Jacques Pirotton, Rony Verbiest, Charles Loos, which are only a few established names in the world of jazz.

In 2004 Philippe Thuriot wrote songs for the CD «Valses» with Catherine Delasalle. Johan Verminnen asked him for his tour “Verminnen 60”. He wrote for Radio Kuka (jazz band) in collaboration with jazz musician Ellery Eskelin from New York (CD De Werf). The vocal ensemble Capilla Flamenca invited him in …. to improvise on works from the 15th century composer Alexander Agricola. This resulted in a wonderful tour with a.o. concerts in the Netherlands, France, Poland and the Czech Republic.

In 2012 Philippe Thuriot appeared at the ‘Festival van Vlaanderen in Kortrijk’ performing integrally the Goldberg Variations (BWV 988) by J.S. Bach. Therefore he transcribes the harpsichord score for accordion.
As from 1998 Philippe Thuriot becomes professor and teaches accordion at the School of Arts in Ghent.


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